T Rex

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Identity Theft GNR or Manchester Marathon

Posted: Yesterday at 16:01

Bad luck, SFF.  cc company hopefully will sort you out.

I have a cc which I only use for internet purchases.  I have had my identity stolen twice so far when using it.

A reason why people should never use debit cards on the internet!

wannabe ultra runner?

Posted: Yesterday at 15:57

OK, now for the next one on loulabell's list:


What can we say about this?!

The first thing is NOT to read any race reports before the 2014 edition of this event ...

Rhayader Round The Lakes 20 Mile road race

Posted: Yesterday at 12:35

My 20-mile PB is 2:43 and best time for this course is 2:58, so 15 minutes at my speed is spot on.  Probably 8-10 minutes for faster people.

It is a tough and exposed course. There is quite a severe climb miles 6-8.

I've entered again this year.

wannabe ultra runner?

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 01:42

Hope that helps!

wannabe ultra runner?

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 01:42

loulabell - sorry, no, my last post was about Ridgeway 85.

My memories of NDW100, which I did in 2012, seem to be very hazy .

I do remember getting lost straight after leaving the half way CP and by mile 60 more or less grinding to a halt and walking the rest of it.  It was a bit touch and go about meeting the cutoffs but ended up finishing in 29+ hours, the last but one to finish.

The first half seemed to go quite well on pleasant wooded tracks and I think most of the hills, none of which were long, but there were a lot of them. On top of one of them were some giant Olympic Rings.

Chalk is very slippery when wet.

There's was a very shouty, unpleasant military type at CP 1 who I wanted to hit, which is very unlike me.

Crossing the Medway you are very high up - a good head for heights needed.

There's a dreadful section about miles 82-85 with endless steps going up and down, up and down.  The final 15 miles seem to go on forever on a dusty tracks and through fields of cabbages, but eventually there it is, the finish arch.

Calling all grammar pedant's

Posted: 25/02/2015 at 21:14

The Oxford comma is the comma before 'and' or 'or' in a list of three or more items. Apparently it has been Oxford University Press's house style to use it for the last 100 years or more. (And Cambridge University Press's style not to, of course.)  

It ensures the items in the list all have equal emphasis, and can prevent ambiguities such as this:

'... the bishops of Winchester, Salisbury, Bristol, and Bath and Wells.'

wannabe ultra runner?

Posted: 25/02/2015 at 21:01

Yep, 85 miles is the new middle distance.

4 finishes for me on that one plus the dnf at mile 83. I really enjoyed all of them.  It is colder than you might expect on the Downs at night so I'd take hat and gloves for that section. Remember it's 7 miles to the finish from the last CP, 9, not the advertised 5. Poles not needed or perhaps even allowed.  No heroics jumping stiles - the aim is to get to the finish in one piece.

Calling all grammar pedant's

Posted: 25/02/2015 at 01:31

Hmm.  I've come round (?around) to the view that no.1 is right after all (,').   The direct speech itself comprises of a complete sentance innit's own right and therefore the full-stop belongs to it. (This converts to a comma when placed inside a longer sentence ending with 'she said'.)

Calling all grammar pedant's

Posted: 25/02/2015 at 01:06


Hyphens are a major headache.  The general rule is to hyphenate a modifier before a noun, but not after a noun, so 'an up-to-date thread', but 'this thread is up to date'.


wannabe ultra runner?

Posted: 25/02/2015 at 00:42

The Thames Ring is outrageous. Don't know how folks do it.  But I suppose Mimi Anderson is planning her double Thames Ring ...

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